The new chairman, who has served as a director since 1986, is bullish on the bank and its outlook.
“I believe there’s a definite role for locally owned community banks that are service oriented and client oriented,” he says.
“We continue to grow in Beeville and Yorktown and are now building our new branch in Seguin where we’ve been well received. All of this is made possible by the dedication and hard work of our management team, the staff and board of directors.”
While many of the nation’s larger banks are struggling with the sub-prime mortgage issue, Tanner notes it’s not a problem for the First National Bank.
“Having served on the loan committee for years and seen our loan activity, I know the bank is not exposed in any way to sub-prime loans.”
In acknowledging the healthy state of the bank, Tanner expresses appreciation to Hause’s leadership.
“Burt is of the highest integrity. His practice and beliefs, I think, were developed in his years at West Point,” Tanner says. “He has left the bank in a great position.”
Tanner assumed the chairmanship of the bank board at the April meeting. He is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. N.B. Tanner, and was born and raised in Beeville, graduating from A.C. Jones High School in 1967.
He serves as president of the many Mesteña companies with oil, gas and uranium operations in Brooks and Jim Hogg counties. He also presides over the Pipeline Company.
Tanner holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He is a registered engineer and served as a captain in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.
He has presided as chairman of both the Palmer Drug Abuse Program and Texas Land & Mineral Owners Association and is currently on the board of both. Tanner also serves on the board of the Texas State Aquarium and the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association. He has volunteered on more than 27 nonprofit boards in the Corpus Christi area over the last 25 years.
He has been married to Daryl Anne Hause Tanner for 35 years and they reside in Corpus Christi. They have two grown children: a son, Benjamin, and daughter, Kathleen.